Wow, I got a ton of emails… more than usual. Sorry if I haven’t gotten back to anybody; I’ve been away for the last few weeks. Here are some updates:
- A reader named Craig send me this real estate listing regarding the new stores at 118-134 East Park Avenue. It will be interesting to see what new stores come to town and which old ones will move back into their old spots.
- Regarding the deal between Chase Manhattan Bank moving into Blockbuster video, I haven’t heard that that deal was dead, but I could be wrong. If I hear anything, I’ll post it.
- The vacant Lazy Days book store has a sign outside that says that an Optical Store is coming soon.
- Tonight is at 7pm is the West End Neighbors meeting @ the West End Community Center on Maryland Avenue.
- Speaking of civic associations, it looks like the East End Neighbors startup is dead. In his article titled Goodbye Long Beach, Matt points out his reasons for disbanding the association and why he is leaving Long Beach. Sorry to hear it. Matt raised some good points, but unfortunately for him, his parking issue with the Allegria really only effects the people that live right near the hotel. The more Matt posted on his blog, the more it seemed like this parking war was the only reason why he wanted to form the East End Neighbors in the first place. That isn’t a knock against Matt. We emailed a lot and he seemed like a really nice guy, but we live in Long Beach. Parking is only going to get worse. Regarding his issues with the roads, It’s easier said than done. When the city repairs the roads, they are also upgrading the sewage & drains. Simply repaving would not only be a quick fix, but cost us the tax payer, more in the future. Besides, I heard that the crappy roads are great for controlling speed – something we have a problem in Long Beach with our drag race-style layout. I definitely agree with Matt regarding the commercialization of the Boardwalk. I definitely don’t want our boardwalk to be overrun with billboards and I don’t want it turned into a stripmall. It’s really nice to escape all that every once in a while and we should do our best to preserve it. Anyways, I wish Matt luck with whatever he does. I really appreciate his effort for at least trying.